Danny Ray is an American tenor saxophonist, known for his sax style, evolved from early punk rock and R&B roots and is a long-time contributing artist to the New York City music scene. He's long been identified with the moniker, "Exploding Sax".
Ray is currently performing, touring internationally and recording with New York rock and Americana singer/songwriter Jesse Malin, in the Jesse Malin Band. He also plays as a member of Mad Juana, with rock bassist Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, Jetboy, Demolition 23, New York Dolls), as well. Also plays with the Emily Duff Band, Alejandro Escovedo, Don Delego, The Waldos and a long list of other NYC based bands.
A list of artists Danny Ray has performed with from 1975 to the present:
Sylvain Sylvain, Jerry Nolan and the Ugly Americans, Johnny Thunders, The Waldos, Walter Lure, Rob Stoner, Tony Garnier, Chris Spedding, Lydia Lunch, Anton Fig, Howie Wyeth, Lenny Kaye, Anton Fier, Mike Ness, Alejandro Escovedo, Richard Bacchus, Robert Gordon, Lydia Lunch, The Dickies, Brian Setzer (with The Tomcats), Wayne Kramer, Catherine Popper, New York Dolls, The Persuasions, D Generation, Jesse Malin, Richard Bacchus and the Luckiest Girls, Captain Sensible, The Dickies, Bo Diddley, Roy Buchanan, Earl Scruggs, Bobby Steele, Burny White, Wild Bill Thompson, Steve Conte, Edward "Little Buster" Forehand, Kenny Margolis, River City Rebels, Seamonster, Andy Rosen, Spacehog, Six Gun Republic, Peter Missing (Missing Foundation), The Loveless, Philippe Marcade, The Backbones, The Senders, The Drossells, The Sheiks. The Emily Duff BandDiscographyEdit
Six Gun Republic
River City Rebels
Richard Bacchus and the Luckiest Girls
Matty B and The Dirty Pickles (2008)
Steve Conte and the Crazy Truth
The Bleeding Hearts
Emily Duff Band
It's a pleasure to be able to pass on the ability to express yourself through a musical instrument. It's a finer kind of language that's understood around the world wherever I play and has brought me innumerable friendships. There's a magic about it. Though people may not speak a word of your language, they understand the music perfectly. Passing on my knowledge of how to do the same is a privilege.
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"... I soon found myself in 5 to 10 bands at a given time, recording, gigging small venues, performing big stage concerts and touring in the US, Canada, the UK, and all over Europe. I played onstage with Jesse Malin, Walter Lure, Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Mike Ness (Suicidal Tendencies), Alejandro Escovedo, Gogol Bordello, Lucinda Williams, Lydia Lunch, The Dickies, New York Dolls, Ryan Adams, Captain Sensible (The Damned), Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers), Bruce Springsteen, Debbie Harry, Lucinda Williams, and many more..."